Walking for a Dream

Many first-timers were among about 100 people who participated in this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day walk.

Farmington School Board member Howard Wallach admitted that one of the dreams he shared during Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at was a little bit selfish.

But it was likely shared by about 100 adults and children who traveled on foot in 19-degree weather to the library from this morning.

"I have a dream that one day, while I am still able to participate in this walk, the temperature will be at least 45 degrees," Wallach said to an appreciative crowd gathered in the library's second floor auditorium.

The one-third mile trek kicked off the "A Day On, Not A Day Off" event, which included a performance by the choir, poet T. Miller and storyteller Rosie Chapman. Keynote speaker was performer and educator Josh White Jr.

Participants first gathered at Prince of Peace, where Deacon Mark Springer led an interactive version of Bill Withers' 1972 hit, "Lean on Me." When "A Day On, Not A Day Off" co-chair Tanji Grant asked how many first-timers were in attendance, a large number of hands went up.

Megan Olson of Farmington Hills and her 9-year-old daughter, Talia, were among those braving the cold and snow for the first time. The Olson family recently moved back to Michigan after spending four years in Germany.

Asked what brought them out for the walk, Megan said: "Talia. Her class at Beechview has been studying about Martin Luther King Jr. She's been excited about coming to the library all week long."

Talia said she learned that King "was trying to get people together."

Another first-timer was 3-year-old James Johnson, who came with his mother, Sekeitn Lewis-Johnson of Farmington Hills. James was the youngest walker, but he comes from a family who has participated in previous years.

"My daughter was 5 when she made her first walk," Lewis-Johnson said.

Walkers were rewarded with hot beverages and baked goods when they arrived at the library. "A Day On, Not a Day Off" was sponsored by the Multicultural Multiracial Community Council, Farmington Public Schools, the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, and the Farmington Community Library.

JC January 18, 2011 at 02:55 AM
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Kelli Carpenter-Crawford January 18, 2011 at 03:18 PM
A huge thank you to Joni and F-FH Patch for your coverage of this special day. And kudos and thanks to MCMR/FPS/Farmington Library, program co-chair Tanji Grant, all the planners, presenters, and participants for creating so many special moments yesterday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This continues to be such a special day for me and my family~ we always connect with friends old and new and carry this day with us through the year. May we all continue to live and work in the spirit of his Dream for peace and justice.


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